The naturals lab is the company’s first outside of the US.
"China is a critical component of our long-term strategy," said Andreas Fibig, IFF Chairman and CEO. "The opening of these new sites will support our efforts to be a partner of choice and to grow in this exciting region. Our presence in Zhangjiagang allows us to better serve our Chinese customers and focus on driving differentiated products within the broader Greater Asian market and beyond."
The Natural Product Research lab is approximately 520 m2 and is equipped with state-of-the-art systems for the research and development of flavors from natural sources. The lab is strategically located to leverage the botanical supply chain, biodiversity, and accumulated botanical and phytochemical knowledge prevalent throughout China’s expansive history. The facility will expand the company’s capabilities in natural product research and address the accelerating consumer demand for naturals and clean label. An extension of the current natural product research team based in Union Beach, NJ, it is expected to accelerate IFF’s natural product pipeline.
"Speaking for the team, we cannot wait to see what innovations we will discover to help support the growing demand for naturals," said Dr Gregory Yep, EVP chief global scientific and sustainability officer. "IFF is committed to sustainability in all we do. We are excited to partner with our regional and global customers and help bring their products to consumers in an environmentally responsible manner. These two sites are positioned to push the boundaries of what’s possible for IFF in Greater China and around the world."